In Darwin’s Footsteps

Following Charles Darwin, tour, hobart, tasmania
In Darwin’s Footsteps

A series of short leisurely walks retracing Charles Darwin’s climb

THIS TOUR IS PART OF NATIONAL SCIENCE WEEK 2019.

IN COLLABORATION WITH BEAKER STREET @TMAG.

We will leave TMAG by bus to Myrtle Gully for a short stroll; those towering tree ferns beside the trail witnessed Charles Darwin during his first failed attempt to ascend kunanyi.

We’ll then loop back to the car to continue up the mountain for another short walk out to the Octopus Tree; an enormous Eucalyptus tree with a leggy root system hugging a giant boulder. Yep, just like an octopus!

After another short drive to the Springs we will relax and enjoy a hot refreshment and snack. We’ll leave from here to the Ice House Track and hear about the groundbreaking work of weather-man Clement Wragge.

Back to the car for another short drive to the summit of kunanyi / Mt Wellington where we will take in the sights of Hobart and beyond, marvelling at the range of environments that the mountain offers from the coastal through to the alpine plateau.

The journey will finish at the Evolve Bar at the MACq 01 Hotel, where we’ll enjoy a sumptuous cocktail while chatting about evolution with UTAS biologist Matt Fielding. Then we’ll all head across the street to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery for [email protected], the pop-up science bar!

The Details

tour duration

4.5 hours

walk duration

2.5 hours

distance

4km

elevation gain

50m for each short walk

difficulty

Easy

effort

Easy

offered

Saturday Afternoon

price

$150

transport

Includes pick up from the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and return journey to Evolve Spirits Bar, unless otherwise arranged.

catered meals and snacks

Afternoon tea and snacks. Tea and coffee. Cocktail at Evolve Spirits Bar.

choose this walk if

You are after a relaxing sight seeing visit to kunanyi and/or have limited walking experience

fitness level required

You can walk for 3km on uneven ground with some breaks

family friendly?

Yes.

essential personal gear

Raincoat, drink bottle, warm layer, personal medication.

requirement for doctor's letter

If you are aged over 72, have a heart condition, recent chest pain when exercising, or bone/joint illness which affects your ability to exercise, you must provide a doctor's letter to confirm that you are able to complete this walk.

appropriate footwear 

Supportive walking shoes with firm treaded soles. Dress shoes, high heels, and casual sandals or similar footwear are not appropriate footwear.

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